Makeover Ideas for Brick Fireplaces

Brick fireplaces can make rooms look boring and outdated. If you’re looking for ways to spruce up the room for your own pleasure, or to impress potential home buyers, try these ideas for a makeover:

Cover it with Tile

Covering brick fireplaces with tile can make it look brand new. You can give it a new design, using colors and patterns that you like best. Whether you keep the same colors as the original bricks or choose a lighter or darker color for your tiles is up to you. Use the color theme of the room to help you decide.

Try a Stone Facade

If tile looks too unnatural and you appreciate the rugged look of brick, try stone. You can use manufactured stones to give your brick fireplace a new facade. The finished look can appear organic and natural looking. The colors of stones used for fireplaces are mainly earth tones, which can work well with many decorating styles. It gives the room a warm and cozy feel. 

Add a Mantel

A fireplace just doesn't look complete without a mantel. Add a mantel with crown molding to give it an elegant and finished look. You can then decorate the mantel to compliment the decor of the room. Some ideas for mantel decoration are:

  • Place hardcover books on it
  • Use a clock as a centerpiece, but affixed to the wall
  • Display family photos, such as wedding photos
  • Decorate with tall candles
  • Place plants in the middle of the mantel
  • Hang artwork on the wall just above the mantel

You can use the mantel for decoration, but also for function. For example, it's one more place to set your keys.

Paint the Brick Fireplace

It's not difficult to paint brick fireplaces, and if you're attached to the brick look, then you may just need a paint job. There are some products on the market that are specifically geared to painting bricks, but you can also use regular paint with a little know-how. The color white is a popular choice among homeowners who paint brick fireplaces. White gives it a rich look, but it may not work for you. Choose a color that you're comfortable with and one that matches your home decorating style.

Extend Fireplace and Add Cubby

Instead of a brick fireplace that extends from the ceiling to the floor, extend it lengthwise along the wall. You can cover the part of the fireplace that you don’t want to show with drywall or tile. Add a storage area when you extend it to store artificial or real firewood. It’s a dramatic change for your fireplace, but it will result in better looking one.

Build a Frame around It

There are safe materials for frames that can be used around brick fireplaces. A frame adds dimension, and it’s an interior decorating technique that can make your fireplace stand out. You can screw the frame right into the wall around the fireplace, and the material you use must be fireproof. The only exception to that rule is if you have a non-working fireplace that will never be used.

These makeover ideas for brick fireplaces make a great weekend do-it-yourself project. Invite a friend or two over and have fun making your fireplace look new.